- Eskom executive Bartlett Hewu had been connected to power illegally for 14 years and has been found out
- OUTA demanded that more action be taken against him besides suspension
- Hewu has made an agreement with Eskom to pay a settlement fee of almost R250 000 for his transgression
The Organisation of Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has spoken out against an executive who enjoyed free electricity at his house for 14 years. The executive, Bartlett Hewu, was found to have been illegally connected to power in his home in Fourways, Johannesburg.
Hewu is the acting group executive of legal and compliance at Eskom and has not paid a cent for electricity since 2006. According to a report by TimesLIVE, the executive was found out after he had complained that he did not have any power. The discovery was made by Eskom technicians.
According to Eskom, Hewu's power has been reconnected and he has agreed to pay a fee of almost R250 000 for his transgressions. Eskom said they could not give more information on the matter because customer information is confidential.
OUTA wants action to be taken against Hewu immediately. The organisation took to Twitter to express its concern:
"Suspending him is NOT enough. Full payment + interest + criminal charges. This is totally unacceptable!" they wrote.
Mzansi social media users also weighed in on the situation and had their own comments on the matter:
@EvolSiLla said: "He stole, it was proven, and he gets suspended. Come on Eskom! It's still costing taxpayers money to keep him on suspension."
@ElizeVC commented: "Recoup the money! What about Soweto residents?"
@DuncanGeach said: "Considering the massive salaries Eskom executives are reputed to earn, it is disgusting that he could still steal from Eskom. The IR process must be swift and clinical to a summary dismissal conclusion."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Naledi Pandor warned SA that there's a high risk of getting stuck overseas due to Covid-19. Citizens with travel plans abroad this December were asked by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor to take extra precautions.
Travellers were told that many northern countries are 'encountering a second wave' and asked to consider postponing non-essential travel to these high-risk regions.
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